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Learning at Black Country Living Museum

Artsmark and Arts Award


Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools and education  settings,   awarded by Arts Council England, recognising their commitment to high quality  arts and cultural education.

Black Country Living Museum is proud to support schools and education settings on their Artsmark journey, inspiring children and young people to create, experience and participate in great arts and culture.


We offer education settings who are working towards, or currently hold an Artsmark Award, with the following opportunities:

  • Delivery of Arts Award at discover  level
  • CPD to support teachers.
  • A range of creative workshops with curriculum links to Art & Design, History, Science, Design and Technology including:


Brick Making and the Three Little Pigs

EYFS & Key Stage 1

Students will take part in a lively and interactive story followed by traditional brick making and building activities. They will even get to take their creations home!

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Free Wheeling Toys

Key Stage 1

Build a toy racing car inspired by the heritage of the Museum. Learn how  simple  mechanisms work and reinforce your understanding of forces.

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Funky Fairgrounds

Key Stage 2

This workshop develops an understanding of mechanical systems and how they can be driven by electricity. You will work in a team to create the mechanical base of the ride using a pulley and gear system. The design can then be completed back at school.

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Primary Sources

Key Stage 2 & 3

In this session you will investigate  historical evidence to discover more about the lives of real children and real events. This session can be adapted to suit different enquiry themes.

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Canal Art

Key Stage 2 & 3

Learn the traditional craft of canal art in this hands-on art session. In a step by step process, you will use acrylic paint to create a rose design on a ceramic tile. At the end of the day you will  have a finished tile to take back to school. 

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Key Stage 2 & 3

Discover the science of enamelling fusing powdered glass to copper, to create an enamel plaque that, once fired in our on-site kilns, can be taken away and treasured.

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Metal Forming

Key Stage 2 & 3

A creative workshop investigating the properties of materials. You will be using the metal forming and joining techniques that made the Black Country famous - to make an amazing metal flower to take home.

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Rag Rug Making

Key Stage 2 & 3

Discover the traditional craft of rag rug making. During the workshop you will learn the techniques of hooking and podging to make rugs. At the end of the day you will  have a colourful creation to take back to school.

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Pewter Casting

Key Stage 2 & 3

Learn about the traditional industry of casting metal. We use CAD/CAM to create our bespoke moulds. One this is done the students will pour molten pewter into the mould. They will produce a small cast object to take home.

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Enjoy a proper, full day out. Rain or shine, you won’t run out of things to see when exploring our 26 acres.

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Did you know?

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The crane of the 1926 Fowler B6 road locomotive is recorded as moving 126 tons - equivalent to the weight of an anchor and its 1800 ft chain on Titanic.

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